Thanks to City of Gold Coast, Ipswich City Council and Lockyer Valley Regional Council for funding G2Z Cooperative Cat Desexing Programs well-utilised by residents in need in City of Gold Coast, Ipswich & Lockyer Valley Qld in 2017/18.  

There was a huge demand for the funding which was used up in the first few months. It is hoped that these Councils can continue to include funding for G2Z Desexing Programs in their budgets next year and for many years to come.

We know these proactive desexing programs work and are fair to owners, local vets and the whole community as Councils’ animal management costs are reduced by preventing unwanted litters.

“On the Gold Coast the number of unwanted kittens has reduced as a result of desexing programs, and all healthy and treatable cats and kittens can be rehomed in that area now,” Strategic Director, Dr Joy Verrinder, said.

“In Ipswich during the five years managing the Ipswich pound, AWLQ spent on average $30 000 each year and desexed almost 3000 cats to prevent unwanted cats and kittens which previously were pouring into the pound. Along with an energetic rehoming program in Ipswich, and many cats and kittens transferred to the Gold Coast for rehoming, the desexing program helped reduce cat euthanasia rates from over 80% in 2009/10 (prior to the AWLQ pound contract), to 20% in 2015/16.”

AWLQ funds the National Desexing Network which manages these Cooperative Desexing Programs for Councils free of charge. This saves Councils having to train and employ staff to manage calls, send out vouchers, recruit and reimburse local veterinarians, and work with residents who sometimes need extra information and support to organise desexing of their cats.  

While subsidised funds last, cat owners pay just $55 to desex their female cat and $35 for male cats.  For owners with multiple female cats, prices are discounted to $35 for the additional females.

The offer was available to all Gold Coast, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley residents in need by contacting AWLQ’s National Desexing Network on 5509 9001.  Residents were sent a cat desexing voucher to take to a participating veterinarian.         

Many thanks to the participating veterinarians:

  • in City of Gold Coast –AWLQ Community Vet Clinic in Coombabah, Arundel Vet Surgery in Labrador, Companion Care Vet in Ormeau, Curtis Street Vets in Pimpama, Jacobs Well Vet Surgery, Tugun Vet Surgery, and the Pet Wellness Centre, Burleigh Heads,.
  • in Ipswich - AWLQ Community Vet Clinic, Raceview Veterinary Surgery, Marburg Vet Clinic, Ipswich Family Vet Clinic and Yamanto Vet Surgery.
  • in Lockyer Valley Regional Council area - Laidley Veterinary Surgery and Gatton Vet Surgery.

These clinics received reimbursement from the subsidy fund and reduced their prices as well.